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10:01 am on Jul 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

Just curious if anyone else here has had problems with forum users who because of differences of opinion on forum suddenly decide they want all their posts removed threatening legal action if you don't.

I've a current case (server in Germany), user in Canada who got into a heated debate on the forum and has done just this, they're accusing the admin of biased opinion and demand all posts be removed and claim to, actually I believe they have sough legal counsel.

Usually I wouldn't mind removing all their content as personally I think they really aren't a nice person and haven't really contributed anything worthy yet because of their tone and demands and general aggression I'm very tempted just to leave their content purely to bug them.

So would love to hear from anyone else who's had this sort of situation arise before.

Cheers
11:27 am on July 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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There's a long thread here (about two weeks ago) with a lot of opinion and comment.
6:43 pm on July 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Usually it is like this: The user retains the copyright to his forum entires. Normally however there are some terms of service the user agrees to, when he opens an account on the forum in which the user gives a license of usage to the forum owner.

So you should check the conditions of use the user agreed to when he signed up.
8:09 pm on July 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I have dealt with both aspects

1) Post grants permission to post and distribute.
2) We'll nuke ya if you ask.

Both work. However, as regards 1 above, that's the best way. 2 above WILL NOT REMOVE THOSE POSTS FROM GOOGLE CACHE and leaves the forum liable.

Copyright is what it is: as created in final form. That includes forum posts. The forum operator should, in a TOS, make sure they have quid pro rights to those posts (ie. you want to post, you give me permission). Sans that, it becomes a mess.
 

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